Azamgarh youth arrested from Mumbai airport for suspected terror links

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police have arrested an Azamgarh resident on charges of plotting terror attacks in the country and being the ‘main ideologue’ of a group of radicalised youth.The suspect, identified as Abu Zaid, was arrested by a team of the Anti-Terror Squad at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai on Saturday night.He was returning from Saudi Arabia, the ATS said on Sunday.The ATS has accused Zaid, who was living in Riyadh on a work permit, of trying to inspire, induce and mobilise members in India for a terror module.His name cropped up, an ATS spokesperson said, during investigation of four youths who were arrested in an operation from different parts of the country in April.Describing Zaid as the “self-radicalised main ideologue” of the group, ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar said he would attract the youth and members towards “IS and other Islamist groups” mainly through social media and a WhatsApp group.Police alleged that members of the group would communicate with each other on the Internet through an application and were preparing for a terror attack.‘Solid evidence’ of Zaid’s culpability in organising members for terror activities was “found from the mobiles of the arrested persons,” the ATS spokesperson said.Mr. Kumar said from mobile records of the previously arrested four persons it can be ascertained that he was “exchanging messages related to IS, Islamic radical thinking and anti-national activities.”However, alleged activities Zaid was involved in and information about the youth “he radicalised” would be clear after questioning, Mr. Kumar said.In April, the UP ATS had registered an FIR in the case against the four persons under Sections 120 B, 121A, 153, 123 and 122B of the IPC and Section 18 of the UA(P)A. A lookout notice had been then issued against Zaid, who hails from Ghambirpur in Azamgarh, after his name came to light during investigation, police said.In a joint operation of nine police teams in April, the four youths accused of plotting terror attacks were arrested from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab and Maharashtra.The youths were allegedly building a new organisation and back then police said that they had no affiliation with any extremist outfit.last_img read more

The best this month

first_imgQuick roundup of what’s hot around the globe this month. Choose from the hottest events, shows happenings in the world of music, art, cinema, literature, sport, fashion, wine food.MAY 2AustraliaThink scrumptious grilled prawns, oysters, scallops, lobsters and the best Australian wine to go with it. Sample some of the most delectable seafood at Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival held annually at Brisbane. Being one of the most popular events in the city, locals don’t leave any opportunity to miss out on their favourite dishes. Top restaurants are willing to make any dish you fancy.CanadaAthletes from around the world come to Vancouver to take part in Canada’s largest marathon-Vancouver International Marathon. Besides running on the usual 42-km long track, you can also choose the half marathon or the eight-km long race. There is even a marathon for children. And feast your eyes on some of the most stunning places in the city while running.MAY 6 to 16UKWant to have a good laugh? Head to Liverpool for the ultimate comedy show-Liverpool Comedy Festival-that takes place at various locations in the city. Besides a comic play, there are a range of interesting shows for children as well and a number of acts you have not even heard about. It’s more exciting than you think. So our suggestion is just relax and get ready to roll on the floor with laughter.MAY 7 TO 9SpainThis is one race you would not want to miss. Gear up to watch the world’s best racers build up speed and take on each other at the race tracks at Catalunya outside Barcelona. Feel the surge of adrenaline at the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, a much-awaited event in the city. A mix of different speed corners and track surfaces keeps the drivers challenged and viewers engaged.MAY 8GermanyNo city can hold more live concerts than Munich does during the Long Night of Music when more than 100 locations across the city come alive with over 400 live concerts. Think blues, flamenco, hip-hop, jazz, rock and much more. From 8p.m. to 3 in the morning you can visit various venues and explore Munich’s vibrant music scene. And one ticket gets you entry to all the places.MAY 12 TO 23FranceThe red carpet is rolled out, the films have been shortlisted and there is a buzz in the air as one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals-Cannes Film Festival-is back. Running in its 63rd year, the red carpet is ready to welcome over 50,000 filmmakers and actors coming from across the world. Thousands of films from across the world are screened. So get ready to watch films and party.MAY 13 TO 16New ZealandThe New Zealand Boat Show is for serious boaters and for those who dream of owning a boat. The country’s biggest collection of new boats and accessories are displayed by over 200 exhibitors. This show attracts as many as 40,000 visitors. There are a number of workshops that take place over the days, which even includes tips on boating and fishing.MAY 17 TO 23AustraliaIf you are a bookworm the Sydney Writers’ Festival is right up your sleeve. It is clearly the biggest literary and book festival of the country where you come face to face with your favourite authors and books. It has the widest selection of books you can lay your hands on. Some of the best authors of Australia will come for talk shows. Get ready to live your fantasy of being surrounded by books.MAY 23 TO JUN 6FranceThe ultimate in tennis championship, the French Open is back. Hosted by one of the prettiest and romantic cities in the world-Paris-you can watch pros in action as they fight for the title at Roland Garros court. Famous for more than the world class tennis tournament, this grand slam event is also trademark of some things completely French. Book your tickets in advance and enjoy the game.MAY 24 TO 17SingaporeIt is time for children to go wild and show their creativity at the Sculpture Carnival held at Sculpture Square in Singapore. For four days artists conduct workshops and teach children from 10 to 18 years of age how to make sculptures perfectly. Everything on display is created by the youngsters who use bright and cheerful colours to create their perfect artwork.MAY 26 TO 28IndiaThis summer head to the coolest part of Rajasthan-Mount Abu-to experience Rajasthani warmth and hospitality at the Summer Festival. The first day you can catch traditional cultural performances. The second and third day are full of fun activities. Don’t forget to visit the food stalls and dig into Rajasthani food. The grand finale on the third day includes fireworks.MAY 27IndiaHead to the holy city of Varanasi to celebrate Buddha Purnima, the birth anniversary of the Buddha. Pilgrims from across the country gather here to pay homage to the Enlightened One. Prayer meetings, group meditation sessions and religious services also grace the occasion. Be one among the millions of people who scramble to take a dip in the sacred Ganges to wash away your sins. advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

DeGrom Hurls Mets Past O’s, 5-3

first_imgBALTIMORE — Jacob deGrom keeps getting the same positive results, no matter where he pitches and regardless of his familiarity with the opponent.DeGrom took a four-hitter into the eighth inning, Curtis Granderson hit two solo homers and the New York Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 the night of Aug. 18 to snap a three-game losing streak.Granderson connected off Kevin Gausman (2-5) on the game’s second pitch, providing deGrom a lead he never relinquished. Granderson also homered in the fifth inning for the first-place Mets.Making his first appearance at Camden Yards, deGrom (12-6) gave up one run, five hits and a walk in 7 2-3 innings. The right-hander struck out six and lowered his ERA to 1.98, second-best in the National League behind the Dodgers’ Zack Greinke.“I just try to go up there and put up zeros and let the rest take care of itself,” deGrom said.The shaggy-haired deGrom is 9-2 with a 1.44 ERA in 16 outings since May 11, and New York has won each of his last seven starts — a run that included his first appearance at Tampa Bay.“He’s one of the best in the game right now. No questions,” Manager Terry Collins said. “I’ve talked to too many other managers and he’s one of the first guys they ask about.”The only glaring flaw in this performance was a sixth-inning home run by Gerardo Parra.The Orioles were coming off a four-game sweep of Oakland in which they scored 34 runs, but deGrom rendered their bats silent. He struck out slugger Chris Davis three times and didn’t let Adam Jones hit the ball out of the infield.“He’s got a good arm,” Orioles second baseman Johnathan Schoop said. “Can throw all four pitches. He’s sitting at mid-90s, can reach upper 90s with his fastball. It moves.”New York has won nine in a row against the Orioles dating back to June 2010.Because a sizable portion of the crowd of 34,068 backed the Mets, deGrom received a loud ovation when he walked off the mound with a 3-1 lead in the eighth.“It also most felt like we were playing home,” deGrom said. “It feels good.”Tyler Clippard entered with a runner on first, and Parra hit a liner to right. Granderson backed up, jumped and caught the ball at the warning track.After New York added two runs in the ninth, Jeurys Familia entered with two on and one out in the bottom half. He issued two straight bases-loaded walks before retiring Manny Machado on a grounder for his 33rd save, defusing a tense situation.“One thing you try to do in the dugout is maintain your composure,” Collins said. “I could have started throwing some stuff around. I try not to panic.”Daniel Murphy had two doubles and two RBIs for the Mets, the only team in the NL East with a winning record. Despite dropping three straight to the Pirates over the weekend, New York is 11-5 in August.Following a 46-minute delay, during which the tarp covered the infield in preparation of a shower that never arrived, Granderson hit his franchise-record seventh leadoff homer of the season, breaking a tie with Jose Reyes (2006).New York went up 2-0 in the third when Wilmer Flores singled and came home on a two-out double by Murphy.Granderson hit his 22nd homer in the fifth just over the outstretched glove of a leaping Jones in center field. Gausman allowed three runs, six hits and a walk in six innings.(DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

3rd Test: De Kock, Steyn put South Africa on the cusp of series sweep vs Pakistan

first_imgSouth Africa need seven more wickets to win the third test at the Wanderers and sweep the series after Pakistan were 153 for three wickets at the close of play on Sunday, still 228 runs short of a daunting winning target.Dale Steyn claimed two wickets and Duane Olivier the other for his 22nd of the series as South Africa removed the top order after Pakistan had made a solid start with a 67-run opening wicket partnership.Pakistan had been set a target of 381 to win after bowling their hosts out for 303 before tea on the third day of the test in Johannesburg.They will resume on Monday with Asad Shafiq not out on 48 and Babar Azam on 17.Imam-ul-Haq and Shan Masood made a positive start to Pakistan’s second innings, attacking the South African pace attack before Steyn made a quick double breakthrough.Imam-ul-Haq got a feint edge as Steyn moved the ball across the left hander and was out for 35 and Shan soon followed back to the pavilion after a television review, adjudged to have got a slight inside edge to another difficult delivery.Olivier then claimed the wicket of the out-of-form Azhar Ali as wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock took his third catch of the innings.Olivier is now three wickets off equalling South Africa’s 117-year-old record for the most wickets in a three test series.De Kock hit the highest score of the series on Sunday to help South Africa into pole position for a third successive test win.He scored 129 off 138 balls for only the second century of the series, following Faf du Plessis’ 103 in the second test in Cape Town last week.advertisementHashim Amla added 71 after South Africa had resumed day three on 135-5 with 21 from Kagiso Rabada as they provided support to De Kock.Amla was the first wicket to go on Sunday, touching his glove to a rising delivery from Hasan Ali on a pitch cracking in places and offering uneven bounce.Rabada featured in a 79-run partnership for the eighth wicket with De Kock.Also Watch:last_img read more

West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez looks to the future after Gaëtan Bong case

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on Messenger Reuse this content Read more Topics Brighton & Hove Albion Share on Twitter West Brom stun Manchester United to hand Manchester City the title Manchester United Share on LinkedIncenter_img Jay Rodriguez wants to move on after a Football Association charge of racially abusing Brighton’s Gaëtan Bong was found to be not proven, with the West Bromwich Albion forward saying “the truth always comes out”.Rodriguez has been under added duress for three months after being accused of making an alleged comment to the Brighton defender when the sides met on 13 January. The FA announced on Friday that the Independent Regulatory Commission “determined that on the balance of probabilities the allegation was not proven” against Rodriguez.“I am always a great believer that the truth always comes out and it has,” the 28-year-old forward told BBC WM. “Now we can move on and I can just carry on working hard for the team.”Rodriguez capped a fine display on Sunday with the goal that secured rock-bottom West Brom a shock 1-0 win at Manchester United – and Manchester City the Premier League title.“It’s amazing. You always dream as a young lad to come here and score and to get the winner against a great side at a great stadium was really good. At the end we were knackered. We worked our socks off and created a lot of chances and we definitely deserved the win.“I have never not believed. We need to believe still – especially coming here and showing that – we can go and beat anyone. We need to keep that between us and keep working.” news Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp West Bromwich Albion The FAlast_img read more

a month agoAntoine Griezmann happy with Barcelona win: We’re getting better

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Antoine Griezmann happy with Barcelona win: We’re getting betterby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAntoine Griezmann was happy to score in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Villarreal.Griezmann struck just six minutes into the game. Later, Barcelona scored again thanks to a goal from Arthur. Villarreal later pulled back a goal thanks to Santi Cazorla.”We had some chances to extend our lead but we didn’t take them,” Griezmann said to Movistar+. “But we’re going to keep on getting better. We can do much better than this. We have to keep on working hard. There are new players, we’ve just got here and we have to keep on working hard.”In reference to what Barça are lacking at the moment, he added: “A lot of us have just got to the club. It’s about adjusting to the style as quickly as possible. We’re a long way from our best but with time we will keep getting better.” He recognised that it’s different from what he was used to at Atletico Madrid: “The football is different. I knew it would be hard and that I would only get better with games. It’s not going too badly, though. Three goals. Now to keep getting better. That’s the path.” last_img read more

Are foodsharing apps a blue ribbonworthy idea or halfbaked fad

first_imgTORONTO – Apps that allow home chefs to sell dishes prepared in their personal kitchens have cropped up in Canada, but uncertainties about health regulations and the strength of consumer demand are raising questions about whether the business models are blue ribbon-worthy or half-baked fads.Food-sharing platform LaPiat, which plans to launch in April, provides a platform for entrepreneurial cooks in the Greater Toronto Area to make some extra cash from home. Users can take pictures of their dishes to advertise and sell them at any price they set, leaving pick up and delivery to the cook and diner to work out.Creator Arber Puci said the app spawned from the idea that everyone has friends and family who are amazing cooks and can use that talent to make some extra money, while consumers will find it cheaper than restaurants, take-out joints or other food delivery services such as Uber Eats.The app targets home cooks like parents who are making lunch for their kids and can easily put together a few more portions to “make some cash on the side,” said Puci, who will take a five per cent cut from chefs using the platform.Predecessors Tffyn, Homefed and MealSurfers all launched in Toronto in the last few years, but appear to have since vanished, leaving behind rival app Kouzina, which hit the market in August.Kouzina creator Nick Amaral said when he first researched similar apps he found “one or two” in Canada that ended up folding, but he feels the times have changed since then.“We are getting more used to having services provided from people that we maybe don’t know as first,” he said.Kouzina takes a six per cent cut from every item sold on the app. Kouzina has seen increasing numbers of customers and cooks, selling everything from fresh fettuccine and lasagna for $7 a serving to vanilla and raspberry Bavarian cakes for $25.Both Puci and Amaral said they don’t inspect the kitchens and instead rely on phone interviews, copies of food handlers certifications or customer rating systems to weed out those offering substandard customer service and food.Amaral said he relies on a review and rating system for governance.“Even one bad review I think would be enough to deter people,” he said. “Good reviews will speak for themselves.”The lack of inspection comes as no surprise to Sylvanus Thompson, an associate director at Toronto Public Health, who said TPH has had to intervene a few times. Many of the owners and the home cooks preparing and selling food for such apps are not aware that they are subject to food premise regulations that require their kitchen undergo regular inspections from municipal staff and be zoned for commercial food activities, he said.As a result, “some of them got out of the business,” but Thompson said TPH knows that the “growing” number of homemade food apps is something “we don’t intend to stop.”“We want to be able to work with these people to ensure compliance and safe food,” he added.He chalked up the emergence of the apps to the rise of the gig and sharing economy and hastened by food delivery apps including Uber Eats, Foodora and SkipTheDishes.Gary Grant, who runs a catering business called The Garage Guy BBQ, started using Kouzina when it launched to sell his southern fried chicken, pork ribs, beef brisket, cabbage roll soup and sandwich box platters.“We had one customer the week the app launched and that’s it, ” he said. “We have never had another inquiry or mention. It is there but has not done anything for us.”He still thinks the concept behind Kouzina is great, but is disappointed that it hasn’t caught on as quickly as several similar apps in the U.S.LaPiat creator Puci said he’s not feeling deterred by the apparent lack of demand for other apps because he’s convinced the sharing economy will only increase demand for his offering.“I can’t tell you what is going to happen in a year or two, but (based on) the excitement that I have got so far, I think we are here to stay,” he said. “Even if my app doesn’t make it, there is going to be someone else.”Though apps are not expensive to develop, their viability lies in getting people to use them and finding a way to monetize them, which can be tricky, said Mike von Massow, a University of Guelph associate professor specializing in food and hospitality.“Early apps probably fail more quickly because we haven’t achieved a critical mass. That’s not to say we can’t get to that critical mass,” he said.“I think there is an opportunity to get there. I think it is a model that can work.”last_img read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 34.28 points to 15,508.40.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 73.24 points to 22,357.56.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 8.17 points to 2,505.01.The Nasdaq composite index was up 47.82 points to 6,427.98.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.81 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 80.84 cents US.

Accessibility challenge at Brock is on

The Council of Ontario Universities is challenging Ontario undergraduate students to come up with ideas to make the world more accessible for people with disabilities.To make this happen, they have launched the Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition in partnership with the Government of Ontario.The aim of the contest is for students to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to “barriers” to accessibility in our communities.Students will vie for $3,000 in prizes with entries that address one or more of the five “barrier” categories: attitudinal, physical/structural, information/communications, technological and systemic.“Brock University continues to move forward in accessibility in order to identify, prevent and remove barriers to the inclusion of persons with disabilities,” says Greg Finn, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic. “It is important that we encourage the participation of our students in this province-wide competition to remove barriers of all types.”Prizes will be awarded for first place ($1,500), second place ($1,000) and third place ($500). Finalists will be invited to showcase their designs at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery Conference in May.Submissions will be initially evaluated by the entrant’s home institution, and then successful candidates will move on to a second round of judging conducted by a panel of experts. Judges will also place a premium on entries whose format itself demonstrates consideration to accessibility issues.Questions and submissions from Brock students about the contest, should be sent by March 31 to Greg Finn, Vice- Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic (x4528; and Margaret Sanderson, University Accessibility (AODA) Coordinator (x5454; read more

Justice Department sues to block merger of airline IT firms

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is suing to block Sabre Corp. from buying Farelogix, a rival provider of technology services to airlines.In a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday, the government says Sabre pursued the $360 million deal to eliminate a competitor that has disrupted the market with more modern technology.The department says if Sabre succeeds, it will lead to higher prices and less innovation for airlines and their customers.Sabre says it will challenge the lawsuit and is confident of winning. It says the companies offer complementary services.Sabre is based in Southlake, Texas, and started as the reservations arm of American Airlines. It’s the largest seller of services that let airlines sell flights through travel agents.Sabre had planned to close the deal Wednesday. It was announced in November.The Associated Press read more

DR Congo UN mission deploys blue helmets to protect civilians and refugees

According to the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym MONUSCO, clashes had occurred in the area of Uvira, in South Kivu province, between presumed armed groups and the Congolese national army (FARDC). Noting that the response is guided by the Mission’s mandate, Maman Sidikou, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of MONUSCO, said: “[We are] strongly committed to the protection of civilians, including vulnerable groups such as refugees and displaced people.” He called on the armed groups to immediately cease this hostility including all forms of violence against constituted authority and innocent civilians. “All perpetrators, in particular those who sponsor armed groups as well as those who bear command responsibility, will be held accountable for human rights abuses,” he added. Uvira is the second largest town in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. read more

Weir Minerals helping miners maintain optimum performance

first_imgThe world is ever-changing; from technology to education, health to politics, manufacturing to mining, change is pervasive and demands adaptation. Weir Minerals states: “With declining ore grade and low commodity prices, the mining industry has had to adapt to stay competitive. As merger and acquisitions opportunities and greenfield projects diminish, there is a strong focus on modifying and optimising existing mine sites and processes to achieve greater operational efficiency.”Mining companies are under intense pressure to increase production through the optimisation of their current plant and its resources. In order to achieve this, it is important they preserve and extend their assets, a tactic which Weir Minerals is very familiar with. “At Weir Minerals we recognise the demand within the industry and we have expanded our service offering as a result. We don’t just design and manufacture products; we provide tangible solutions for operators across the globe,” states John McNulty, Director of Technology for Weir Minerals.When it comes to supplying solutions to mining operators, Weir Minerals says it ensures it visits mine sites daily “to assess operator’s processes, discover their pain points and work with the customer to overcome their productivity related problems, providing the solutions they need, when they need them. This could be anything from modifying a cyclone cluster to developing a transportable self-priming pump to increase availability of a plant.”“It is our job to ensure operators maintain optimum performance of their plant, from comminution through to tailings disposals. We want to gain an understanding of their throughput issues and use our leading engineering expertise to deliver a comprehensive solution.”Weir Minerals supplies tangible solutions to enable operators to utilise existing infrastructure and equipment to maximise production whilst minimising total ownership cost. “It’s not about reinventing the wheel, it’s about re-thinking how we use current assets and working together to modify the process, increasing mine throughput and improving access to high-quality mineral resources.”Through its plant optimisation strategy, Weir Minerals use laser scanning technology to examine the entire plant, gaining a full understanding of all of the equipment, applications and processes present. Many older plants no longer have access to their original drawings, or find that their original drawings are out-of-date due to modifications since the plant’s establishment. If original drawings are not available, or out-of-date, laser scanning is a useful alternative to create detailed drawings alongside 3D models.This technology enables engineers to visualise where and how the equipment fits into the entire operation; identify what works and what doesn’t and detect bottlenecks. Weir Minerals’ engineers can then refine the data collected to determine the best approach to modify and enhance the operator’s entire process. “Laser scanning allows for us to modify our products to fit our customers’ application accordingly and enable them to run exactly how they need them to,” states John McNulty.It’s important to take a holistic approach to optimisation; modifying each process with the entire operation in mind, avoiding bottlenecks which slow down the overall process. “A bottleneck represents a restriction in the process which must be dealt with to improve the production process. The key is to understand where the bottlenecks are in the process and evaluate the root cause before they negatively impact the throughput of the entire operation.” Bottlenecks are inevitable in mining, therefore, it is important to unlock these barriers and plan the production flow accordingly.Aside from removing bottlenecks, mine operators may be looking to expand capacity, lower operating costs, increase productivity; whatever the challenge, Weir Minerals says it is adept at providing innovative, multi-product solutions for its customers. John McNulty concludes: “It’s our job to truly understand our customers’ challenges and use our engineering expertise to optimise the process, taking their business to the next level. We constantly look for innovative solutions to industry problems, and utilise our engineering skills, experience, entrepreneurship and innovation to address these problems.”last_img read more

Over 1800 Freedom of Information requests to departments in 2013

first_imgTHERE WERE OVER 1,800 Freedom of Information requests made to departments in 2013, according to figures released last week.The figures, from a number of parliamentary questions, reveal that, out of the 12 departments which provided details, the largest number of requests were received by the Department of Justice and Equality at 541.However figures for the Department of Social Protection may come out higher at year’s end as there were 1,684 in 2012. Most of these were personal requests and details for these types of requests in 2013 were not provided. A figure similar to last year would bring 2013′s figures closer to last year’s total number of 3,946 requests.In a number of cases, a search and retrieval fee, to compensate for the time spent looking for and compiling the information, was charged. The highest fee sought in 2013 was €13,450 in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.Minister Richard Burton explained that this related to “a request that was extremely broad in scope”.“In that case, the requester was afforded an opportunity to refine the wording of the relevant request in order to reduce or eliminate this fee,” he said. “However, the requester has not engaged in any further correspondence on the matter. This was the only instance in 2013 that a request did not proceed on the basis of a request for a ‘search and retrieval’ fee.”A fee of €863.75 was also sought by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in respect of one request and one of €3,226 was sought in the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht.Last month, Minister Brendan Howlin withdrew controversial amendments to the FOI Bill which would have seen changes to the way charges were calculated.Read: Government backtracks on FOI Bill amendment on charges>last_img read more

John Carmack joins Oculus VR as CTO role at id Software remains

first_imgThe names id Software and John Carmack have been inseparable since he co-founded the company 22 years ago. However, Carmack is now former founder and technical developer at the company as he has taken up a position at Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.Carmack becomes chief technology officer at the company and will be in charge of development at Oculus’ new Dallas office. It’s unclear whether Carmack has severed all ties with id Software or not at this point. He may retain some form of relationship and role there, but it clearly won’t be technical director anymore.The legendary programmer has been a fan and promoter of the Oculus Rift ever since it appeared. And clearly his enthusiasm for the virtual reality tech went well beyond what he showed in public, to the point where he wants to play an active role in developing it.The plan now is for Carmack to build a team around him to continue development of the Oculus Rift before releasing it as a consumer product. Dev kits have been distributed for a few months now, but there’s work to be done before the headset is ready for the masses. And having John Carmack giving the project his full focus should fill everyone with confidence.While this is a great news for Oculus VR, it’s a major blow for id Software and parent company Zenimax. Carmack has always led the way with his game engines, and set the bar ever higher for others to follow. They have now lost that talent, although he has left behind a very experienced team of engineers at id and could still play some small part in the studio’s future.Update: It has now been confirmed via Twitter that Carmack retains a role at id Software. The tweet states“Happy to say @id_aa_carmack is not leaving id & will continue to provide leadership for our games in development.”last_img read more

Leo Varadkars government has suffered its first Dáil defeat on new building

first_img Share643 Tweet Email2 Lost voteThis is by no means the first vote that the government has lost a vote during this Dáil term.With Fianna Fáil abstaining on many occasions, the government’s main votes usually pass but there have been occasions where they’ve failed to block opposition motions.Last June, the government suffered its first defeat when it put forward a counter-motion to a Labour proposal on worker’s rights that was turned down.It has also been very close on several occasions. In January, the votes were tied at 51 each – with FF abstaining – on an Anti-Evictions Bill proposed by Solidarity-PBP.As it came to a tie, Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Fearghaíl had the deciding vote, and went with the government.Last month, the government came up red-faced after its TDs forgot to vote against postponing the sale of AIB.Read: Donald Tusk welcomes Ireland’s ‘young, energetic’ new Taoiseach to BrusselsRead: How did the appointment of a judge threaten to bring the government down? Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 4:31 PM By Sean Murray Image: Leah Farrell/ Jun 22nd 2017, 4:31 PM Leo Varadkar’s government has suffered its first Dáil defeat – on new building standards It’s not the first time the government has lost a vote, but it is the first since Varadkar became Taoiseach. Image: Leah Farrell/ 48,077 Views center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Delighted our @greenparty motion on building standards,regulation &homeowner protection has been passed in the Dail today #BetterBuildings— Catherine Martin TD (@cathmartingreen) June 22, 2017 THE GOVERNMENT HAS lost its first Dáil vote since Leo Varadkar became Taoiseach, when a Green Party motion on building standards passed through the house today.Since the minority Fine Gael government was formed, several votes have been lost but this is the first for the new Taoiseach, just over a week since he took office.An amendment by Minister Eoghan Murphy was defeated by 84 votes to 46, while a Fianna Fáil amendment lost by a similar margin.Speaking after the vote, Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin said that “the message from the Dáil is clear” for the government to “end their hands-off approach to building regulation”.Grenfell Tower blazeThe Green Party’s motion on building standards, regulation and homeowner protection aims to create an Irish Building Authority that would administer building control on a nationwide basis and provide a supervisory regulatory function in the sector.In the motion, it notes that since the building boom over the past 20 years, past governments have failed to properly regulate the industry.“There have been no law reform that addresses the lack of remedies available to homeowners affected by pyrite, building regulation breaches and other housing failures,” the motion says.It also calls for speedier methods to solve disputes, and offer greater protection to homeowners in the event of negligence in the building process. Furthermore, it includes proposals to provide financing for remedial works to “defective housing units, that will form the basis for a nationwide scheme”.Martin said it was time the government abandoned plans “to allow the construction sector to continue regulating themselves.”.She said: “They must develop remediation mechanisms for homeowners who have been left to pick up the pieces of substandard building practices, while cowboy developers get off scot-free.”The Dublin Rathdown TD said that the “overriding priority” in all construction should be the safety of residents.She said that, under current rules, a blaze similar to that of London’s Grenfell Tower could occur here. Source: Catherine Martin TD/Twitter 32 Comments Short URL last_img read more

Liverpool to match Barcelonas ticket prices and subsidise supporters

first_img Subscribe Liverpool to match Barcelona’s ticket prices and subsidise supporters After Barca announced Reds fans will be charged €119 for their upcoming Champions League tie, the Premier League club have followed suit. By Cian Roche Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: LIVERPOOL WILL SUBSIDISE tickets for their supporters travelling to the Nou Camp next month after Barcelona announced they will charge Reds supporters €119 per ticket. Liverpool fans ahead of their Champions League quarter-final against Porto. Source: Peter ByrneIn a statement today, the Premier League leaders said they believe “parity of pricing is the most logical approach and remains committed to working with UEFA” and said ticket prices to their home leg at Anfield will be reciprocated.“The additional revenue from this higher ticket pricing will be used to subsidise Liverpool supporters for their tickets, reducing the price by €31 to €88,” the club explained.The English side have been allocated 4,620 away tickets for the tie on 1 May.Manchester United adopted the same policy for their quarter-final with Barca after their fans were hit with the same prices.Liverpool booked their place in the semi-finals with a 6-1 aggregate win over Porto on Tuesday night.Barcelona, meanwhile, had star Lionel Messi to thank for their 4-0 aggregate win over United. 51 Comments Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 9:08 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Short URL 47,294 Views Apr 18th 2019, 9:08 PM Share Tweet Email1 Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Andy Dunne to preview the Champions Cup semi-finals and all the week’s news on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: last_img read more

Vancouver doll company Slumberkins lands TV deal

first_img Slumberkins may have fallen short last fall on ABC’S “Shark Tank,” but it still apparently has the star power for television.The Jim Henson Company, the Los Angeles production company best known for creating “The Muppets,” announced Monday it will launch a children’s series around the plush, educational dolls that were first created in Vancouver.“We know that parents want to help their kids be prepared for the challenges of the world,” said Halle Stanford, president of television for the company. “There is a lack of tools to help teach children how to handle their ‘big feelings’ in a healthy way. Slumberkins provides support to kids and families through books, plush and soon, with the help of the Jim Henson Co., through video entertainment.”Details are still scant, according to Slumberkins co-founders Callie Christensen and Kelly Oriard. They will co-produce the show, but production has not officially begun and The Jim Henson Company is still shopping for a network, they said. Still, the Prairie High School grads are excited for the deal.“We couldn’t think of a better partner,” Oriard said. “They’re so in-line with our thinking. When you have a child’s attention, it’s special and meaningful, and you should do everything you can with their attention, like help them learn.”Christensen, an educator, and Oriard, a family therapist, first designed Slumberkins in 2016. The lanky dolls sport charming underbites, muted colors and aim to help children cope with self-esteem issues and changes at home, among other things. Dolls cost between $36 and $44. Slumberkins co-founders Callie Christensen and Kelly Oriard (Courtesy of Slumberkins)last_img read more

Ancelotti on PSG and Group C standings

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti shared his thoughts about the 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain and the group standings after going top of the table.Napoli secured a draw thanks to Lorenzo Insigne who converted from the spot to cancel Juan Bernat’s first-half goal.“I tried to modify the approach, which was a little too prudent in the first half and we allowed them to control the tempo too much. We put more pressure on their midfielders and things went better,” he told Football Italia.“We played at a very high level for 20 minutes, then paid for the effort later on, as we tried to control at the end rather than attack.”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…Napoli were held 2-2 at Parc des Princes too, but Liverpool lost 2-0 at Red Star Belgrade today.That means the Italians are ahead of Liverpool on their head-to-head record, with six points each, Paris Saint-Germain are on five and Red Star four.“The two draws with Paris Saint-Germain are positive, because we have a slight advantage if we do finish level with them. To be honest, we didn’t expect Liverpool to lose in Belgrade today, so now Red Star are getting involved too and the group cannot be more balanced.“It was really unexpected, especially for the result that saw them lose 6-1 in Paris. It’ll be tight to the end.”last_img read more

Offduty firefighter rescues teens after rollover accident

first_imgAn off-duty firefighter rescued two teenage girls trapped in an overturned vehicle Monday morning in Hockinson.A white four-door sedan rolled over into a ditch full of water at Northeast Ward Road and Northeast Davis Road, trapping the occupants inside, said Fire District 3 Chief Steve Wrightson. Water seeped into the car and started rising in the vehicle. “The problem with these large ditches is that there’s no room for error,” Wrightson said. Off-duty Capt. Drew Simpson was driving behind the car when he saw the accident. He used a tool in his pickup to break the side window and helped the occupants out of the car, according to a bulletin from Fire District 3. The teens were cold and startled but not injured. Firefighters arrived at 10:39 a.m. “It’s fortunate that our off-duty firefighter was right behind them,” Wrightson said.last_img read more

Jewelry thief poses as customer flees Oakland Park store with goods

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – A shoplifter was caught on camera trying on pricey pieces before running out of an Oakland Park store.The store’s surveillance video was recording when the man was trying on jewelry, back in October. According to police, the man tried on the jewelry and ran out of the store without paying.The robbery occurred at an Oakland Park flea market, near Northwest 31st Avenue.Police continue to search for the shoplifter. If you have any information about this crook, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more